Adventures of Oliver & Nubia – Sleep Disturbances

Hi everyone,

We are back for the sixth installment of The amazing adventures of Oliver & Nubia!

Today’s is all about a typical night in the live of our two little felines… Oliver happily asleep dreaming of juicy mice not expecting that his sister has over plans for him and our bed!

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“Teatime” with Nubia and the Natural Pet Box

Hi everyone,

It’s your favourite black cat Nubia here today! As you may know Oliver is lazy when it comes to testing toys nowadays so it’s always gotta be me trying them out… : o

Nubia: Human! What is wrong with this? The box isn’t open! How am I meant to open it with my three paws. 😮

Nubia: Right this is better! Now let’s see what I can find in here. 😀

Nubia: Of course since humans quite slow at laying out toys… I had to dig it all out of the box! This particular box is called Natural Pet Box and contains ethical products all the way. 🙂

Nubia: Each box comes with this handy little note telling you more about it’s content.

Nubia: AND I was so glad that my annoying brother wasn’t here today… I got to have all the fun with the toys. 😀

Nubia: And I LOVE the smell of natural felt toys… they are tasty. 😉

Nubia: After all this playing it was time for a snack… I was a little suspicious at first BUT quickly realised that these treats smelled strong for a reason! They are absolutely lip smacking delicious… I almost took of my human’s hand LOL.

Nubia: What we love the most about these pet boxes is that you can get a bestseller box with pre-assembled options or make your own box! Boxes start at as little as £10 with reasonable postage cost or even free if you order £25 or more of goodies for your feline companion. And if you order by the 31st of July you can get 10% off by using the code WE10

Nubia: Got an extra special day? Your cat’s birthday? Well they’ve got cat birthday boxes as well! 😀

Nubia: Right I am all exhausted now. ;o And since my brother is nowhere to be seen I may just eat all of the treats on my own!

Signed by,

Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace

Purrsday Poetry: Night Muse

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by Mollie Hunt:

Night Muse

In night
I wander,
purposeful
stealthy
sleek
black
cat.
In shadow
I follow
I lead
I wander.
My eyes glance up
to star-filled dark.
I wander.
Grass beneath my paws,
dust beneath my paws,
wood beneath my paws,
rug beneath my paws,
I wander
home.

Mollie’s Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/

Mollie’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Mollie Hunt’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

If you would like to enter your own poems for Purrsday Poetry don’t forget to email info@katzenworld.co.uk

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Marc

Cats at The Bar: Daddy?

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We are back for another cute entry in Cats at the Bar to help us all get over the hump day!

No, I am not your father. And no, you cannot have a drink

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Marc

The Mayhew Animal Home Rebrands to ‘Mayhew’

The Mayhew Animal Home Rebrands to ‘Mayhew’

The longstanding London-based animal welfare charity, The Mayhew Animal Home, has rebranded, overhauling its brand strategy, identity and logo to appeal to a wider audience and highlight the range of proactive animal welfare and community outreach work it delivers in addition to the rescue and rehoming work it is well known for.

The charity has rebranded to ‘Mayhew’ with a new strapline, ‘for dogs, cats and communities.’ Their strapline was formerly `Helping animals and their carers since 1886.’

The rebrand was prompted after the charity recognised that supporters and the general public were not necessarily aware that the organisation is much more than an animal shelter with its increased focus on preventative work, education and community engagement, aimed at improving companion animal health and welfare both in London and overseas, whilst simultaneously retaining its heritage of more than 130 years of addressing the issues in its local area.

The charity also recognised that with the rebranded focus its supporter base could be broadened, appealing to a wider audience.

The London-based charity, which provides help and support to neglected, unwanted and abandoned animals as well as vulnerable, sick and elderly pet owners and the homeless and their pets, worked on the rebrand with the London branding agency, Fabrik Brands.

“We have had a significant and sustained, long-term impact over the years helping pets and their owners in the community across London and receive great affection from our supporters who know us and our work, however, this is not necessarily reflected in all of our audiences and the broader public awareness and perception,” said Sonya Brucciani, Head of Marketing and Communications at Mayhew.

“In order to engage with new supporters and raise the vital income we need to deliver our essential services in communities, both in London and overseas,  we want to increase our brand’s awareness and promote the wide range of animal welfare initiatives we deliver beyond our rescue and rehoming work.”

“This is more than just a logo and name change for us. We have also updated our mission and vision, placing our existing companion animal related human behaviour change activities at the heart of the charity.”

The charity’s strapline is changing from “Helping Animals and their Carers since 1886” to “For dogs, cats and communities” and Mayhew’s blue logo is being replaced by a purple logo incorporating a dog’s and cat’s tail.

The change in strap and logo reinforces the focus on education, preventative work and community engagement that Mayhew has led on for many years and also incorporates those dogs, cats and communities we are helping in the UK and overseas.

Caroline Yates, CEO, Mayhew, says, “We are really proud to be launching our new brand identity. A lot has changed since we started in 1886 but sadly a lot hasn’t. We still see the joy that living with a dog or cat can bring. But we still see the misery and suffering that comes from ignorance and neglect as well as the effect of treating animals as commodities.”

“We are one of the oldest London animal charities, having been at the forefront of animal welfare for 131 years, so we had to ensure that our new brand embodies the comprehensive and holistic range of innovative work that we do, as well as retaining our recognition and the loyalty and trust we have from our supporters.”

“Our animal welfare work involves so much more than being a rescue and rehoming charity with a shelter facility, so it’s important that we create wider awareness about our work in London and our efforts to create sustainable change and better lives for animals and communities where we work abroad in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India.”

Mayhew is launching their new brand at their annual fundraising Family Day Out event, Hounds on the Heath, on Hampstead Heath on 16th July 2017. The day includes celebrity-judged Dog Shows, agility course, food, games and activities. The brand will be rolled out during July onwards.

For further information on our new brand, go to: www.themayhew.org/rebrand

For further information on Hounds on the Heath go to: https://www.themayhew.org/events/houndsontheheath

Our visit to Kitty Café – Nottingham: Cute or Naughty?

Hi everyone,

We are back once again with more adorable photos of more adoptable kittens from the Kitty Cafe in Nottingham. If you’ve missed Part 3 don’t forget to check it out here.

Today’s post is all about this adorable cute and cuddly black kitten!

When we first spotted the little one he (we assume he simply because of his naughtiness! 😉 ) was on a well used scratcher sofa. 😮

Of course being a kitten… he was full of energy so he didn’t remain calm and cuddly for too long!

Before we knew he was climbing up the wall-mounts left right and centre!

And when… we turned around and looked again…

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… he literally went FLYING through the room. Like we said a naughty and agile kitty. We think he would have made the purrfect adoptable sun for Nubia. 🙂

More from the cafe soon. 😉

Thanks,

Marc

Reigning Cats: Why Felines have Ruled the Pet World for so Long

Despite the dominance of man’s best friend as the UK’s domestic pet of choice at 24% of households, cats come a close second with our feline friends occupying 18% of the country’s homes. In fact, according to the PFMA, cats and dogs leave the competition standing, with the next most popular pet being fish kept in tanks with just 9% of household.

The popularity of dogs can easily be explained by their historical role as working animals used to hunt. But our continuing love affair with cats throughout the centuries is more nuanced and has less obvious utilitarian roots. So what is it that makes cats so special to us, given all the other potentially domesticated animals out there?

Long Traditions

The relationship between humans and cats spans recorded history, with DNA evidence suggesting that cats were domesticated in the Middle East between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago. At this point in history, the rise of grain production would have meant that people began to be experience problems with mice, for which cats were – and still remain – the perfect predators. It’s likely that these early communities encouraged wild cats to stay around their grain stores by offering food or other attention, beginning the process of domestication which has created the cats we know and love today.

Behavioural Profile

Cats are fiercely independent and it was long believed that they cannot be easily trained. Though this has since be proven wrong through studies and books such as The Trainable Cat Book. They are certainly not suited to wearing a lead or accompanying their owner on long walks. Whilst dog’s loyalty seems to be their main appeal, it is this very independence that attracts so many people to cats. A pet cat requires very little training, beyond the basics of toilet habits, and are perfectly able to groom themselves. They are happy to be left alone for extended periods of time throughout the day, but will also offer affection and attention when in the company of the family. This makes them a suitably low maintenance pet for our busy modern lives.

Combine this with their innate cuteness and it’s not hard to understand why cats are so popular. In contrast to most other domestic animals, cats are able to retain a huge amount of their independence and to exhibit clear personalities of their own.

Thinking of Getting a Cat?

Before bringing a cat home, make sure the whole family are on board with the idea and are prepared to make the appropriate changes. It is essential that the cat feels safe and content. Although cats are independent, owners are responsible for providing food and water and for taking care of the litter tray.

Cats may not appreciate toys and playthings as much as dogs unless of course you get the right toys but they lap up attention. It’s important to make sure that all of the requisite supplies are acquired before bringing the cat home. Essentials include a litter box and the same brand of litter as the cat is already accustomed to using, a bed, food and water bowls, as well as plenty of cat food and a scratching post (to save your upholstery).

Once these items are in place, check the home for any escape points or hazardous materials that the cat might ingest. Some common plants are poisonous to animals to be sure to check if any decorative plants need to be moved to higher shelves or different rooms. You definitely look into taking out cat insurance in advance of the cat’s arrival, given the high potential cost of any veterinary attention during the lifespan of your new feline friend. Kittens need to have vaccinations at an early age, plus annual boosters, whilst accidents and emergencies can occur at any point in a cat’s life.

Cats are a rewarding companion to have at home, suitable for people of varying lifestyles who want the combination of comfort, beauty and independence that only cats can offer.

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Marc